All Oregonians are impacted by tobacco.

Clear the smoke
Section 01: Cost

Tobacco costs you dearly.


All Oregonians pay nearly $2.4 billion in direct medical expenditures and lost productivity due to premature death from tobacco use. That equals $1,600 a year per household. How could your family spend $1,600 every year?

$1,600

That could be used for home remodeling

$1,600

That could be used for a much needed vacation

$1,600

What could you use it for?
Section 02: Community

The smell of Big Tobacco is creeping into your community.


Tobacco companies are spending $137 million a year in Oregon, nearly all of it at retail, specifically in low-income, minority and rural neighborhoods.

They're targeting our kids.

Tobacco companies make products that look & taste like candy.

Tobacco companies use flavored tobacco as a way to market to our kids. Fruit and candy-flavored tobacco products and menthol-flavored cigarettes are popular with Oregon youth, addicting the next generation to Big Tobacco products.

20 Kids start every day
88%  Of all smokers start before they’re 18.

They’re targeting lower-income and minority neighborhoods.

When it comes to marketing, Big Tobacco knows no shame.

The concentration of stores selling tobacco is higher in neighborhoods with minority and low-income families. What's more, the presence of tobacco ads and promotions in those stores is also greater.

41% of African American males in Oregon smoke.

Smokeless doesn’t mean harmless.

In 2012, 123,747 Oregonians used some form of smokeless tobacco.

Tobacco companies target stores in rural areas with lower pricing, discounts and more tobacco advertisements. And it's working—smokeless tobacco use is more prevalent in rural communities.

 

1 in 4 men in rural Oregon use Smokeless Tobacco

Section 03: Environment

Pollutants from tobacco run through our water systems and kill our wildlife.


Cigarette butts are the number one item picked up on Oregon beaches. Although they look like paper, cigarette filters are made with acetate and do not decompose completely. Even more alarming, they contain toxic chemicals that leach into our water system.

Butts don’t biodegrade

In 2005, an estimated 135 million pounds of cigarette butts were dumped into the U.S. environment.

 

Animals eat them (yuck!)

They threaten our aquatic ecosystems

They’re highly toxic to our freshwater micro-organisms

Smoking costs Oregonians